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Program Basics:

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS for programs (except for bird banding open houses), PLEASE CALL US AT (847) 428-OWLS (6957), OR EMAIL STILLMAN AT  Remember to include your name, phone number, and the number of people that will be attending.

If less than 5 - 10 people (varying with the activity) have called two days prior to a program, the program could well be cancelled. So, don't forget to call the nature center in advance. If you discover that you are unable to attend, please call to cancel your reservations. This courtesy will be greatly appreciated.

Please note that the Stillman Nature Center is also available during the week, by reservation, to school classes, Audubon chapters, garden clubs, and other organized groups.  Also, we can bring our raptors to your classroom or meeting place.  For a brochure that describes the programs and fees, just call or check our website at: and we'll be happy to send you one.

OWL Outreach Program:

Stillman's Executive Director, Mark Spreyer, has been bringing owls to school classes, garden clubs, wildlife conferences, and other groups for nearly twenty-five years. In recent years, the Stillman Nature Center has expanded its collection of permanently injured raptors. Now's the time to schedule Mark and our knowledgeable volunteers to talk to your group. The following fee schedule is for locations within twenty-five miles of Stillman. We will travel further but the fee would increase. Remember that we can't guarantee a precise number of raptors as they are permanently injured live animals which may not always be able to travel.

Fee Schedule:

One program (up to three raptors): $175.00

Two programs: $250.00 (This price assumes back-to-back scheduling.)

One program (up to five raptors): $225.00

Two programs: $300.00 (This price assumes back-to-back scheduling.)

The programs can be adjusted to suit any grade from first on up. Those of you dissecting owl pellets or studying the ecosystems of Illinois would find our presentation particularly applicable. If food chains are in the curriculum, what better way to illustrate what a predator is?

All we need is a screen or white wall and a slide projector. If you don't have a projector, just let us know and we'll bring one. If you have any questions, Mark can be reached at 847-428-OWLS (6957) or by e-mail at



Join us outside for a healthy hour-long walk around a lake, through the woods, and who knows where else? Why not add Stillman to your list of exercise options?  Come prepared to hike the trails with sturdy winter boots.

Dates:  Thursdays,  Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6,  & Jan. 3

Time:   9:30 AM

Fee:     None


Watch Mark Spreyer, a licensed bird bander, measure, weigh and record data about our resident and migratory birds. Birds are not caught in a predictable manner, so come prepared to hike the trails.  With luck, you’ll see a bird in the hand and two in the bush. If it is raining, the banding open house will be cancelled.

 Date:  Sundays, Oct. 7

Time:   9:00AM to Noon

Fee:     None


Mike Levin and Mark Spreyer will lead a morning bird walk. Migration will be under way and you never know what we might find. Binoculars and field guides are a must. If you don’t have any, don’t worry,  Stillman does. Please call 847-428-OWLS to make reservations.

Date:  Sundays, Oct. 14, Nov 4

Time:  8:00AM

Fee:    None

Age:   8 years and up


We have two new owls, a long-eared and a barn owl. If you haven’t seen them yet, now’s the time to take a look. We’ll provide the main course and beverages. We’d like you to bring along a side dish. ALL of Stillman’s mem- bers, friends, volunteers and their families are invited. We’d love to see you and introduce you to our new birds of prey.

Please do call or email to let us know if you plan to attend and what kind of dish you’ll be bringing.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 30

Time: 4:00 - sunset


We’re happy to once again host the “Lazy Birder’s” field trip. No walking is required. We will sit by the lake and let the birds come to us.  

Date: Saturday, Oct. 13

Time: 3:00PM until sunset

Age: 10 years and up

Fee: None


Now’s your chance to meet the great horned, barred, barn, and screech owls. Stillman staff will also present a peregrine falcon, broad-winged hawk, and red-shouldered hawk. We will bring the birds out so you can see them up close. Kids will have a chance to dissect owl pellets.  Bring a camera and a friend! Drop by anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 21

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Fee: $10/car


Susan Kowall will help you design a centerpiece or seasonal decoration featuring colorful products from Mother Nature.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 1

Time: 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Member’s Fee: 1 free decoration

Non-Member’s Fee: $5.00/decoration


Want to take a break from the shopping madness? Then, Stillman is the place for you. We’ll be open this Friday and you are welcome to hike our trails, sit by the pond, or visit our birds of prey. We promise not to sell you anything!

Date: Friday, Nov. 23

Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM




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